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Prof. Ioannis Ziogas


BA, MA (University of Thessaloniki), PhD (Cornell University)

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Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History209 38 North Bailey 


I studied in Greece and the United States and worked in Australia before moving to Durham in 2016. My research interests revolve around the politics and poetics of Latin poetry, mainly of the age of Augustus. My first book (Ovid and Hesiod: The Metamorphosis of the Catalogue of Women, CUP 2013) offers the first wide-ranging study of Hesiod’s reception in Ovid. My second monograph (Law and Love in Ovid: Courting Justice in the Age of Augustus, OUP 2021) examines the ways in which poetic and legal discourse influence each other in Augustan Rome. I have also co-edited three volumes: Geography, Topography, Landscape (DeGruyter 2014) examines spatial constructions in Greek and Roman epic; Wordplay and Powerplay in Latin Poetry (De Gruyter 2016) examines the ways in which etymologies, puns, anagrams, and acronyms play a critical role in constructing poetic voices as politically powerful; Roman Law and Latin Literature (co-edited with Erica Bexley) offers a long overdue appraisal of the dynamic interactions between literary and legal discourse in the Roman world.

The resonance of Greco-Roman antiquity in our times is a major aspect of my research and teaching interests. I have published articles on the reception of classical literature in David Malouf, Salman Rushdie, and A.D. Hope. 

When I am not wandering in the maze of Greek and Latin literature, I listen to music. I have a passion for classical music and hold a Diploma in violin from the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki.

Areas of Doctoral Supervision

I am keen to supervise students working on Latin poetry and its reception as well as those interested in law and classical literature. The reception of Greek poetry in Latin is one of my major research interest.


I am available to speak at schools on the following topics:

a) Metamorphosis in Ovid's Metamorphoses.

b) Law and Love in Latin Elegy.

c) Vergil's life and the Aeneid's Augustan Reception.

Research interests

  • Latin Poetry
  • Hellenistic Poetry
  • Greek Epic
  • Law and Literature
  • Reception Studies, Intertextuality, Narratology
  • Gender studies

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Classics and Ancient History:
  • Ancient literature:
  • Classics:
  • Latin:


Authored book

Book review

  • Ziogas, I. (2019). Review of Ovid’s Homer: Authority, Repetition, and Reception. By Barbara Weiden Boyd. Classical Philology 114: 305-10.
  • Ziogas, I. (2016). Review of Andreas N. Michalopulos, Οβίδιος, Ηρωίδες 20-21: Ακόντιος και Κυδίππη. Εισαγωγή, Κείμενο, Μετάφραση, Σχόλια. Athens: Εκδόσεις Δημ. Ν. Παπαδήμα, 2014. Pp. 389. ISBN 9789602065969. Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2016.10.16).
  • Ziogas, I. (2015). Virgilian Fama. Syson (A.) Fama and Fiction in Vergil's Aeneid Pp. viii + 240. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2013. Cased, US$66.95. ISBN: 978-0-8142-1234-9. The Classical Review 65(2): 450-2.
  • Ziogas, I. (2015). Review of Richard Hunter. Hesiodic Voices: Studies in the Ancient Reception of Hesiod’s Works and Days. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. viii, 344p. ISBN 9781107046900. SHARP 24(4): 18-19.
  • Ziogas, I. (2014). Review of Christos Tsagalis, From Listeners to Viewers: Space in the Iliad. Washington, DC 2012. Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2014.1.48).
  • Ziogas, I. (2012). Review of Lee Fratantuono, Madness Transformed: a Reading of Ovid's Metamorphoses. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2011. Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2012.04.09).
  • Ziogas, I. (2011). Review of Johnson, P., Ovid Before Exile. Art and Punishment in the Metamorphoses. Madison, WI 2009. Digressus 11: 36-8.
  • Ziogas, I. (2010). Review of Burgess, J., The Death and Afterlife of Achilles. Baltimore 2009. The Classical Bulletin 85: 85-7.
  • Ziogas, I. (2008). Review of Sophia Papaioannou, Redesigning Achilles: 'Recycling' the Epic Cycle in the 'Little Iliad': (Ovid, Metamorphoses 12.1-13.622). Untersuchungen zur antiken Literatur und Geschichte, Bd. 89. Berlin/New York: Walter De Gruyter, 2007. Pp. xii, 304. ISBN 9783110200485. Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2008.10.33).

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